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Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane & Hartman

Kurt Elling, Ethel, Ralph FarrisAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 23, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B00280NYVM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,608 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. All Or Nothing At All
2. It's Easy To Remember
3. Dedicated To You
4. What's New (instrumental)
5. Lush Life
6. Autumn Serenade
7. Say It (Over And Over Again)
8. They Say It's Wonderful
9. My One And Only Love
10. Nancy With The Laughing Face
11. Acknowledgements
12. You Are Too Beautiful

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2009 release from the Jazz vocalist. Recorded live at Lincoln Center, the premier vocalist of his generation salutes and re-interprets one of the greatest Jazz albums of all time: John Coltrane And Johnny Hartman. This is the album Elling fans have been waiting for! This live performance is a stunning spectrum of music, Both vocal and instrumental. Kurt Elling is the preeminent male Jazz singer today. He has earned eight Grammy nominations, the top spot placement in the Down Beat critics' and Jazz Times reader's polls, four Jazz Journalists Association wins for Best Male Vocalist and the Prix Billie Holiday from the Academe Du Jazz in Paris.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They Say It's Wonderful July 7, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Many, myself included, hold the opinion that John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman's 1963 eponymous album is the greatest vocal jazz c.d. ever recorded. Based on this recording, one person who certainly agrees with that assessment is Kurt Elling. This is a loving tribute, a loving re-creation.

Is it as good? As they say in the opera world, "Aria kidding me??" No modern jazz or cabaret singer has the full, rich bass-baritone range of Johnny Hartman; and nobody can produce gut-wrenching sheets of sound, past or present, like John Coltrane.

Yet, if there is one male jazz singer who could do the album justice, it is Kurt Elling. But interestingly, he doesn't use the structure of the Coltrane/Hartman or the Coltrane Ballads albums (both of which he covers here, as the original Coltrane/Hartman album was only about 30 minutes long) as a springboard for his wild vocalese, like you might expect. Instead, with pianist Laurence Hobgood's arrangements for the "Ethel" string quartet, the c.d. takes a "classical feel," as though this is truly classical music that deserves such treatment; and the incredibly soulful Ernie Watts is on hand, to remind us all that this, after all, was Trane's music.

All of that sounds like a 4-star review. The reason for 5 is: Elling sings beautifully. As I noted in my review of 2007's wonderful "Nightmoves," he is getting more like Sinatra all of the time. I was particularly impressed by how well he was able to jump vocal registers in "Lush Life"; not many singers can do what he did here. And Hobgood and Elling have done a marvelous job in producing this c.d. It sounds wonderful, throughout.

I'm glad Kurt Elling did this tribute. I look forward to his return to the approaches he has taken on tunes such as "Tanya Jean," "Effendi," and "Hold Tight." RC
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superbly realized project August 24, 2009
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One of the legendary jazz meetings was that between the John Coltrane Quartet and singer Johnny Hartman in 1963 for Impulse Records. It's six tracks captured an ambiance of vocal and instrumental interaction that has become iconic as a standard of a perfect session. Singer Kurt Elling, a jazz performer with a style uniquely his own - like a Mark Murphy - has released "Dedicated To You" - recorded live at the Allen Room of New York's Lincoln Center.

How flawed it would be to attempt to recreate John Coltrane And Johnny Hartman as it was originally recorded. The session was a brief meeting between a legendary musician and his long-time quartet and the literally inimitable baritone voice of Johnny Hartman. By whatever chance of felicity occasioned this session, that failed to generate much enthusiasm after its release, time has taken these classic tracks and imbued them with a musical flavor much as the with finest wine, exquisitely aged. The music only becomes better. What difficult task, then, to revisit this music and evoke the masters. Too often, tribute recordings such as this fall prey to that very fallacy, that classic recordings are just that - impossible to recreate and attempts to honor them or capture their flavor can only fall short in comparison, whether the attempt be good or marginal. So Elling must have considered this potential pitfall, yet he is no singer that would endeavor to do a cover - his style is too unique and invested of its own indomitable energy. So the project Elling undertook was to honor the album on his own terms. To that extent, the result is exquisite. It is, in many ways, a signature statement from Elling, summing up his style in a reverent yet thoroughly exciting performance.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Kurt Elling graciously accepted his first GRAMMY yesterday for the exquisite, tasteful, and always swingin' "Dedicated to You." It's the first time since 1993 a male vocalist has taken home the golden gramaphone for Best Vocal Jazz Album. This was Kurt's ninth GRAMMY nomination and his first win -- the first of many, we hope!

If you haven't heard this album yet, you're in for a real treat. Kurt and his musical director and collaborator, Laurence Hobgood, have creatively and lovingly "re-imagined" the jazz classic that John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman recorded in 1963. Laurence's arrangements are inspired. They're joined by the great Ernie Watts on tenor, bassist Clark Sommers, drummer Ulysses Owens, and the string quartet ETHEL. "Dedicated to You" was recorded live at New York's Lincoln Center in front of a *very* appreciative audience.

We've listened to this album repeatedly since it was released last summer, and it never grows old. We keep hearing new things to delight us.

Highly recommended! Buy it for yourself. Buy it for Valentine's Day. You'll love every minute of it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kurt Elling in Top Form September 4, 2009
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Kurt Elling is currently the top male jazz singer, in my opinion, and with this CD he doesn't disappoint. His vocals are as intricate and as creative as Coultrane's saxophone solos. The lush arrangements by Laurence Hobgood, and the addition of strings makes for movingly beautiful sound. Since I own the Johnny Hartman with Coultrane album, it is great to hear the spoken tribute to their collaboration. This is a great addition to any jazz lover's collection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Recording!
This recording made me a believer! It takes a tremendous level of confidence to approach the timeless flawless effort of Hartman and Coltrane. Kurt Elling does a masterful job. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Reggie Swift
1.0 out of 5 stars Smarmy
Coltrane and Hartman must be spinning in their graves at Elling's lack of inventiveness and smarmy delivery.
Published 3 months ago by icritic
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
No better male jazz singer today
Published 3 months ago by Barbara Rothenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars He's The Real Deal
Clearly, this singer came to play. What an awesome talent he possesses. It's all Sintara-smooth, Dino-dapper, with a touch of Connick-cool. Read more
Published 14 months ago by MarshallR
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
What can I say since I've known about Kurt Elling for several years now and already have several of his CD's? Read more
Published 20 months ago by Robert J. Mathes
5.0 out of 5 stars Dedicated to you: Kurt Elling
Mr K. Elling did a "Hole in one" reminiscence of two excellent past perfomer in the Jazz world. I just brief heard one song of Mr. Elling once on a radio show. Read more
Published on March 28, 2011 by A j.Hartman fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Kurt Elling!
What a voice. What a band. Very nicely done. Kurt says in the liner notes that he never thought he'd do a tribute album. I'm glad he did. Very smooth, very relaxing, beautiful. Read more
Published on December 19, 2010 by Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Wary but pleased
While I am a Kurt Elling fan, I am also one of those who believe the night Johnnie Hartman and John Coltrane recorded their eponymous album was absolute magic that has yet to be... Read more
Published on November 12, 2009 by Maxmike
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as live
Heard Kurt in Chicago in an abbreviated version. This album is marvelous, as is his talent and that of the supporting musicians.
Published on September 20, 2009 by Deborah L. Parrish
5.0 out of 5 stars Kurt at his best captured LIVE!
I was one of the lucky ones to be in NYC and present the night this concert was recorded. Mr. Elling interpertations of the music of John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman were... Read more
Published on September 4, 2009 by Ben Cassara
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